TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- "Put your phone down," Bridge Superintendent Mike Mink said.
Mink explained that in his 16 years at the MDOT, he has yet to have a worker under him receive life-threatening injuries while working on roadways, but he said his team is lucky.
"We've worked with people that have had that happen."
He said his workers bond.
"You work with them and they become like family, and at the end of the day, you don't want to see nobody get hurt, and get home to who they care about the most."
MDOT Public Information Officer Jace Ponder said cars out on the highway drive 65-plus miles per hour.
"When you are one human being flesh and blood out there on the side of the road, and these vehicles are one ton or more of metal are flying by you at that speed, it can be very unnerving and challenging," Ponder said.
Mink added to that, saying some cars go at least 80 miles per hour. The MDOT sent us some video, which showed cars moving by workers without swapping lanes for safety.
"If they're working on the center line where they can't watch the traffic, I put somebody there watching the traffic with a hand on them where they can jerk them out of the way if they have to," Mink explained.
Mink added that people don't know how scary it actually is.
"If anybody had the opportunity to actually step out there for ten minutes on I-22, it would change 90% of the people's perspective on how they drive through a work zone."
Ponder said people's first reaction when they approach orange cones should be to slow down.